Editor, Index-Tribune:

Wind energy may not be as free as we think. Nowhere, whether on the micro scale or the macro scale, is there a free lunch. There is a great deal of atmospheric energy, but how sensitive is the system? Windmills pull kinetic energy from the atmosphere, reducing the wind velocity and thermal conductivity. That wind was going somewhere and it had a job to do. So, let’s make some points and connect the dots: Fluid dynamics, Bernoulli’s principals, evaporation and condensation, and why is there too much cold air and too much rain in the wrong places at the wrong times?

Could it be that when it comes to atmospheric energy, even though the numbers are large, the tolerances are small? Could it be that the system is out of balance because we are using the energy for purposes other than nature’s intentions? Maybe we are short sighted, or blind.

I would love to hear what my fellow Sonoma High graduates have to say. Please reflect on the free lunch. Maybe it is over-priced and over-sold and not at all that nutritious. I was wondering if the EPA did their job. Perhaps wind technology is just too airy-fairy to think it will affect the environment.

Eric Heine

Glen Ellen